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>> reporter: that's made this combination of fresh fruit and a fresh idea into a homegrown success. tom foreman, cnn. >> that does it for us. thanks for watching. "early start" starts now. striking syria. president obama confident the government poisoned their own people. will the u.s. do anything about it? we are live. . thousands of fast food workers taking to the streets demanding a better wage. a new warning this morning about the deadly dangers of tylen tylenol. good morning, everyone. welcome to "early start." i'm poppy harlow. >> it is friday, 5:00 a.m. in
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the east. will the u.s. go it alone for a military strike in syria? it may have to. britain is out, voting against military action. prime minister david cameron may not like it, but saying the people have spoken. it comes as president obama briefs congressional leaders on syria and u.s. intelligence suggest the assad regime was preparing for a massive chemical attack. here is dana bash. >> reporter: top officials insisted on a thursday night conference call, they have no doubt the assad regime in syria is behind deadly attacks there. secretaries of defense, states and others back that up that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high-level syrian official that indicates they were responsible for the
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weapons. though obama officials insisted no decisions have been made on military action against syria, cnn is told they privately made clear to lawmakers chemical weapons is such a threat, the u.s. could engage with or without support from allies like great britain. bob corker emerged from briefings thursday announcing support for surgical, proportional military strikes given the evidence of their continues use of chemical warfare. bob menendez reaffirmed his support says a u.s. response is justified and warranted. others argue the president still has to come before congress and the american people before he acts. >> it's toup the president to sell this to the american people. >> dana bash, cnn, washington. we have fred in libya or
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lebanon, rather. he's in beirut this morning. we are going get developments from him about the syrian capital, how things are standing now. we'll get to him later in the broadcast. >> incredible reporting. we'll bring the latest from fred as soon as we have him. a new report in the washington post shed light on the bang the united states is getting for the spying bucks. the report says washington will spend more than $52 billion this year on intelligence going to things like paying cia agents and other analysts. the united states still has blind spots in the world like pakistan. spies don't know how secure things are in pakistan. north korea, another one. the missiles and the leaders are mysteries, this report says. the post used information from edward snowden for the latest report. progress, slowly, but surely fighting the enormous wildfire
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in and around yosemite national park. they are keeping the fire burning deeper in the park. the fire burned 200,000 acres. it's 32% containment right now. this is a shocking figure, i think, to many. officials are estimating the cost to date to fight the largest fire in california's history, $47 million. this is a concern. there have been so many other fires. it's been a bad fire season. it was predicted this year would be a bad fire season. it's turning out to be so. >> it's horrific. i want to bring in indra petersons. this fire took so long to get to 30% containment. the weather, what affect does that have. >> when you talk about the fire, it's larger than new york city. that puts it in perspective. i put up the top five fires. it's the top five in california. the biggest was cedar fire a
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decade ago in san diego. the weather is actually good. it's helping. it is the steep terrain. the wind is five to ten miles per hour. 77 degrees is the high. some hints for moisture in the afternoon producing a thunderstorm. that low is, again, just this terrain. it's so steep in the area. it's difficult for firefighters to get in there. they are dealing with that. the midwest, we are seeing the heat. look at the temperatures. we are seeing the heat farther south, oklahoma city, ten degrees above normal. des moines expected to break a record. want to take you forward in time. relief is in the forecast. the temperatures are starting to go down as the cold front makes its way through. saturday and sunday you see the change. we'll see 70s and 80s in the forecast. unfortunately, the cold front is good news for them as far as temperatures. for us, as we go through labor day weekend, a cold front moves through the area.
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that means chances for rain. sunday through monday, that's labor day. we watch the cold fronts merge and see rain in the northeast to the mid-atlantic as well. >> it's been a nice week. >> labor day weekend. a lot of people taking it off. >> i'm going with poppy on this one. >> make the best of it. >> she's very positive. we want to turn back to the top story in syria. a crisis as the world waits for president obama to react. the syrians claiming they proved the rebels were behind the chemical weapons attack. fred is monitoring developments. he is live in beirut this morning. we want to find out what you are hearing about this. >> reporter: this was apparently the defense minister. he was in a phone call with the defense minister of iran. they had evidence that rebels unleashed chemical gases in the suburbs of damascus.
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this is contrary to what the u.s. is saying and what many others are saying as well. they say it was the syrian government behind all this. the syrian regime is saying it was the rebels who did all of this. also, with a strong statement, bashar al assad came out saying if they are attacked, they will retaliate with any means they have. i want to tell you about the mood as well. many people are nervous and buying additional food. a lot of people have come over here to lebanon. it's not a big exodus but many are playing it safe, going to bring their families out of the country and wait to see if america strikes. the regime is sending people, propaganda people out waving syrian flags, honking their horns, making the people prepare for what could be an american attack. >> any word on how the u.s. is
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reacting to the claim it was actually the rebels? >> reporter: not so far. it comes out of left field. so far, the u.s. is saying all the evidence that washington has points to the fact this was a regime chemical attack that happened there. the big question is going to be what are the u.n. weapons inspectors going to find out? today is the last day gathering evidence on the ground. they are going to the eastern suburbs of damascus. they are leaving tomorrow morning then they want a brief. then we'll probably hear or possibly hear what sort of chemical agent was used in the attack. that could tell who could have done this. >> it will piece together what they find there. fred, we appreciate that. thank you so very much. vice president, joe biden, announcing two white house executive orders on gun control. first the military surplus weapons closing a loophole.
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register them to a trust or corporation without a background check. the nra responding by saying if the obama administration is serious about reducing gun violence, they should spend more time prosecuting criminals for gun crimes. >> will not challenge state laws in colorado and washington allowing people to grow, buy and use marijuana. they can regulate marijuana use on their own, not a federal level. this could set the stage for more states to make pot legal. the feds will focus on distribution of marijuana to minors and preventing revenues from going to various criminal enterprises. the nfl agreeing to settle a lawsuit with former players about concussion related injuries. the league setting aside $765 million. most of it for retired players
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suffering and those who died. a new warning added to the bottle caps of tylenol. you are going to see this soon. johnson & johnson will warn of the risk of taking too much tylenol. overdoses of it has been the leading cause of sudden liver failure in the united states for more than a decade now. the warning labels will be in stores in october. her dream of winning the u.s. open is over for this year, at least. 17-year-old victoria duval, no doubt, is still the -- you recall she scored a massive upset in her first round match beating the 2011 open champion. it was a bit of a heart break for her. i know she had sights set on
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much higher. she's a delight. she's a goofy girl. she's 17 years old, having a lot of fun. when you have fun at your job -- >> that's the best thing. she's got many years ahead. >> hopefully many u.s. opens, too. coming up, folks. >> work hard and they only pay us $7.35. >> thousands of fast food workers on strike. their fight for a better way of life. how a couple kittens shut down new york's subway service for hours. we'll have that when we come back. [ gerry ] you really couldn't have come at a better time. these chevys are moving fast. i'll take that malibu. yeah excuse me. the equinox in atlantis blue is mine! i was here first. it's mine. i called about that one. it's mine. customers: [ echoing ] it's mine, mine, mine. it's mine! no it's not! it's mine! better get going. it's the chevy labor day sale. [ male announcer ] the chevy labor day sale.
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she may have firsthand account of the murder that hernandez is charged with from an alleged accomplice. hernandez is expected to be arraigned next week. new charges in the boston bombing case. a classmate indicted on two counts. the 19-year-old and two others went into the suspects dormitory. they are accused of removing a laptop and backpack. he faces up to eight years in prison on each count. months before his death, michael jackson apparently begged for the drug that would kill him according to a nurse practitioner. she warned jackson against using the powerful anesthetic, propofol. months later, dr. conrad murray was brought in by aeg. he was convicted of involuntary
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manslaughter in michael jackson's death. bradley manning is doing well in kansas. he spoke wednesday with his client who now prefers to be called chelsea manning. manning already made new friends at the prison. his attorney said he will soon travel to leavenworth to meet with the prison's medical staff in hopes they will allow his client to receive hormone therapy. investigators trying to find what caused an oil rig explosion. workers were drilling on the rig when something went horribly wrong and it burst into flames. fortunately, all the workers managed to make it to safety. fast food nation slowing a bit. thousands of employees walk off the job in a nationwide protest. it's part of a growing campaign for better pay in their industry. we spoke to demonstrators
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asking, can i get a living wage with that? >> reporter: fast food workers took to the streets to strike in dozens of city from hartford, connecticut to memphis, tennessee and all the way to berkeley, california. more than the federal minimum wage many of them earn, $7.35 an hour, which works out to $15,000 a year for those who can clock 40-hour workweeks. >> it's a hard job. we work hard and they only pay us $7.35 and it's all right. >> reporter: charles and his co-workers want to form a union. they are asking $15 an hour to flip burgers and take your lunch money. the national restaurant association says paying workers more could mean you pay more for your big mac. they say 5% of workers earn the
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minimum wage and they are teenagers and part timers. >> as we are coming out of the recession, we should look at a way of creating more jobs and increasing the economy, growing the economy, not adding burdens to small businesses. >> reporter: the conservative employee institute say higher wages would lead to fewer jobs for humans. then again, fast food companies are turning profits. mcdonald's pocketed 5.5 billion bucks that they turned over to the shareholders, not the small business owner who is run the franchises or the workers who staff them. >> yeah. we were talking about the importance of getting support. moving on, we want to talk about something that new yorkers are used to seeing a lot on the subway tracks. >> michaela has never seen a rat. >> these are cuter, what was
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spotted. two kittens spotted on a brooklyn station thursday. they shut down subway service for nearly two hours as transit workers searched for the felines. that did not sit well with some of the travelers. >> it's a waste of money. they could have been doing something else. it's a waste of money. that's mta for you. >> the kiddens were found and rescued from the tracks. i learned that people that ride the subways are called what? >> strap hangers. >> because of the strap you hang on to? >> apparently, but there are no straps anymore. >> you have so much to learn. teach me. >> we'll find a rat in the subway after the show. coming up, investigators fighting over four square. why mobile check ins are worth big bucks. too soft. too tasty. [ both laugh ]
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good morning, new york city. man, you know summer is ending when it's black outside still at this hour. no sunrise for you, yet. >> she's resolute. look at her standing strong. >> lady liberty. welcome to "early start." >> it is money time. christine romans is here with good news this friday. >> a tease about four square and location, location, location. big tech companies want location services. we were watching the reports about four square and who they were talking about. a report from bloomberg that
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microsoft is discussing a relationship with them. they are in the late stages of talk. unclear if something is going to happen. last week, i told you about google and how google and four square might partner. we'll watch that. watching stock futures this morning, they are higher after two days up now for the dow. stronger news on the economy in hopes a syria strike might be delayed. the major markets up. futures are higher. general electric getting out of the retail lending business. the wall street journal reporting ge spun off. the unit at ge that issues store credit cards for 55 million americans. this is a business story you have right there in your own pocket this morning. ges consumer finance loaned $2
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billion. an ipo could come as early as next year. if you think the next iphone will boost apple stocks, have you been buying apple because you are bullish on the iphone? apple is expected to announce it at a september 10th event. it may initially boost the stock but short lived. apple stock has been lower a month after the new iphone was released. >> interesting. >> an analyst says there's a lot of hoopla but then it dies down. it's a thing in wall street. you buy it up. when it happens, take the profit. >> the changes are incremental at this point. >> i'm anxious to see if there's the fingerprint technology. another big story, you heard of the fast food strike.
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a legislation that would force retailers, big box stores occupying more than 75,000 square feet or parent companies have to pay $12.50 an hour. the current rate in d.c. is $8.25. 60 cities striking to boost their hourly pay to $15. i think you are at the beginning of this discussion about the minimum wage. >> we were just talking about that. >> you are just at the beginning. so many people, these jobs for many, they were a career. they were a steppingstone to something else. there's not a lot else out there. the average age of a fast food worker, 29. you have people paying off student loans working at big box retailers. there's going to be more discussion about this. does it mean higher pay for what we buy? a push to automate and start to
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lose the jobs? we are at the beginning of this conversation. >> if you are trying to support a family. >> we are talking self-esteem and being able to provide. it's an important discussion. it's unfolding right now. >> christine romans thank you so much. we are going to take a short break. we'll be right back. can save b. like carpools... polly wants to know if we can pick her up. yeah, we can make room. yeah. [ male announcer ] space. yes, we're loving this communal seating. it's great. [ male announcer ] the best thing to share? a data plan. at&t mobile share for business. one bucket of data for everyone on the plan, unlimited talk and text on smart phones. now, everyone's in the spirit of sharing. hey, can i borrow your boat this weekend? no. [ male announcer ] share more. save more. at&t mobile share for business. ♪
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striking syria. will president obama launch an attack without the support of one of his closest allies? we are live. wildfire, floods and intense
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heat wave. indra petersons is tracking your holiday forecast across the country. >> i'm so happy they are here and alive and thriving. >> define the odds. told to terminate her pregnancy, a mother celebrating the separation of her twins conjoined at birth. >> good morning. i'm michaela pereira. >> i'm poppy harlow. happy friday, everyone. a setback for president obama and his plan to hold syria accountable for an alleged chemical attack on the people. britain's parliament voting not to take action. david cameron agreed. the united states may go it alone saying it threatens our allies and the world at large. we are following developments from london. what is the latest from 10
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downing street? >> reporter: they are trying to recover from last night's humiliating defeat. these are the headlines in every paper. humiliating defeat on every single one of them. it was a surprise in an emotional night. the vote was defeated 285 to 272. it appears david cameron misjudged opposition in parliament but members of his own party as well. take a listen to what he had to say after the vote was announced. >> i strongly believe in the need for a tough response to the use of chemical weapons but i also believe in respecting the will of this house of commons. it is very clear tonight that while the house has not passed a motion, it is clear to me the british parliament reflecting the views of the british people does not want to see british military action. i get that and the government will act accordingly.
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>> reporter: a stunning turn around. he was talking of taking quick and decisive action. now parliament voted no, saying they do not have enough evidence or justification to take military action in syria. >> we were understanding france is weighing in on this discussion about the situation in syria. the president, what does he have to say about the position that country will take? >> reporter: that's right. he did an interview saying he does not support any intervention that would liberate, quote, unquote, syria or try to overthrow the assad regime. this is perhaps a reference to what has been said before also by president obama, the only solution for syria is a political solution, one in which asaid steps down of his own
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accord and hands over transitional authority to someone else or another organization. that seems to be the case for france, which muddies the waters in terms of what exactly does a military or will a military strike achieve? it's something president obama is going to have to answer for himself. >> we'll be watching this to see thousand white house responds to this, not only the developments from britain but now from france. thank you so much. day by day, fire crews in northern california slowly getting a handle on the wildfire burning inside and around yosemite national park. it is the largest in the history. 200,000 acres burned. it's destroyed 11 homes and thousands of structures threatened. the fire is said to be 32% contained. evacuation advisories from several surrounding communities have been lifted. that's one bright spot. talk about the weather and how
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that affects there. we'll bring in indra petersons for more. are things looking better this weekend to help the firefighters? >> it's an unbelievable turn. you have been talking how long it's been burning. it is the 13th day. almost two weeks of this weather. look at the terrain. we see the fire build its own weather. that it's difficult characteristic. we are not seeing a lot of spotty clouds on this or thunderstorm activity in the afternoon. it is good in the news of less winds, less threats for dry lightning. we are looking at a lot of 70s. this is on the outside of the fire. a huge blaze like this, the winds. as far as the heat, where we are seeing it is in the midwest dealing with record breaking heat in des moines, iowa. looking at the temperatures cutting back and cooling off for the weekend. the biggest change is tomorrow,
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so saturday, the cold front kicks through and it should cool you off and get the moderate temperatures in there. for labor day weekend, a chance for showers. there's two cold fronts. there's today, if you go in tomorrow, the ohio valley getting rain. we go through sunday and the two systems merge and the northeast mid-atlantic all the way down to the southeast, everyone awake right now. may see rain. sorry. >> i looked at the forecast this morning, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain. >> people who have monday off, it won't matter. a little rain, you find things to do. you are off. >> watch a movie. >> michaela will wake up at 2:00 a.m. to go to work. >> you won't be? >> us dedicated journalists will be here on monday. >> true. still ahead, thanks indra. not guilty, that is the plea entered by a miami man accused of murdering his wife. he posted a picture of her
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bloody body on facebook. along with this confession, he wrote, i'm going to prison or death for killing my wife. facebook people, you will see me in the news. he's charged with second degree murder. prosecutors could charge him in the first degree. they say he shot his wife six to eight times. his attorney says they have not decided on a defense strategy. meantime, police have found a handwritten confession by one of the two teens charged in the brutal beating death of a world war ii story. the veteran's name is delbert and he got a military send off remembered as a patriot who battled in okinawa. he was brave to the end, fighting back during a botched robbery event. his death sparked national outrage. the teens are going to be charged as adults and face life in prison. jerry sandusky firing off a
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letter from prison slamming penn state for paying millions of dollars in settlement money to his victims. the former football coach wrote, the only concern from the beginning by administrators and trustees has been to protect their image. the school settled with 25 of the 30 young men. he is serving up to 60 years in prison. hundreds marching in billings, montana demanding the resignation of judge todd baugh. a sexually assaulted raped girl that killed herself seemed older than her chronological age. >> i'm not sure what i was attempting to say at that point, but it didn't come out correct. what i said was demeaning to all women. >> the judge also gave the now
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54-year-old former high school teacher who raped this 14-year-old girl the sentence he gave? 30 days in jail. prosecutors called that a slap on the wrist. they have asked the judge to put him away for 20 years. meanwhile, an online petition is seeking to remove him from office. the judge says he has no plans to step down. a big day for san diego today. the imbattled san diego mayor stepping down. 19 women accused him of sexual harassment. he apologized but denies he sexually harassed anyone. they accepted his resignation. straight or gay? it is all the same to the irs when it comes to marriage and your taxes. as you know, after the supreme
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court struck done doma, straight and gay couples will be treated the same when it comes to paying their taxes. interesting development and something people have been waiting for for a long time. coming up, south dakota's governor taking his career to new hagts for a good cause. we'll show you about that next. [ gerry ] you really couldn't have come at a better time. these chevys are moving fast. i'll take that malibu. yeah excuse me. the equinox in atlantis blue is mine! i was here first. it's mine. i called about that one. it's mine. customers: [ echoing ] it's mine, mine, mine. it's mine! no it's not! it's mine! better get going. it's the chevy labor day sale. [ male announcer ] the chevy labor day sale. just announced: $500 labor day cash now through september 3rd on most 2013 chevrolet vehicles! too small. too soft. too tasty. [ both laugh ] [ male announcer ] introducing progresso's
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welcome back to "early start." this is a great story. once conjoined twins beating the odds. they have been successfully separated. the doctors are optimistic the twins will recover. the 6 week olds shared a liver and bowls. their intestines were outside their body covered with a thin layer of tissue. one doctor recommended
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terminating the pregnancy. >> the doctor said these boys have a really good chance. this is not your only option. at that point, we were just floored. i mean i could not contain my joy. >> i guess the lesson is, have faith. >> have faith. tears of joy from that mother. she's now looking forward to christmas and birthdays with the boys. south dakota's governor taking quite the plunge for a very good cause. the governor says he was not nervous before his first and most likely his last sky dive. he did this. wow! to raise money teaming with a local dairy queen. all in all, it was quite a rush. >> i was ready jump. i forgot they said we are going to do a ready, set, jump. i was all ready to go. i kept waiting. when do we go? then i felt him push forward.
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then i remember pull back and dive out. >> you forget all the things you are supposed to remember. luckily, you are strapped to someone who knows what time it is and when to jump. look at that. what a rush. i have always wanted to do that. >> you have? i have never wanted to. >> i have. i think i would chicken out as you step out of the plane. let's look at what's coming up on new day. if you ever sky dived? >> chris jumped off buildings. >> you high wire walk. >> i'm not allowed, i'm not allowed to jump out of planes. >> in my contract, it says i should as often as possible. if you want to do it, you should do it. >> make for good television. >> we'll get to that later,
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maybe. we have a lot coming up on the show. we have the tgif edition. there are big issues on the table and we have to get into them. the situation in syria is seeming more imminent. the president went before congress. a big phone call with the leaders, he made the case. what were their response? we will tell you. what does it mean, the uk backs out? we are going to have general ziti, remember him from iraq? he's going to go through the situation and whether it makes sense. >> will the u.s. go it alone? it's a big question. a warning about a popular pain reliever. you can see it there. you probably have it in your medicine cabinet. the maker of tylenol says there's a chance and risk or overdosing. they are making moves to make sure you are aware of that. what are the risks?
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we are going sort it out. i have several bottles in a bag, a purse, briefcase and cabinet. we all need to know. the breaking news may be that you carry too much on those shoulders of yours to work every day. >> i am the reason for the new warning on the label. >> get her one of those rolly carts to carry her stuff in. >> kate has nine bottles of tylenol and a liver the size of a throw pillow. >> we never knew. the things you learn at 5:47 on a friday morning. >> "new day" here to inform. >> looking forward to the show. thanks so much. coming up, what are tim tebow's chances of staying in the nfl? was he able to prove himself to the patriots? bit tired ♪ ♪ of craving something that i can't have ♪ ♪ turn around barbara ♪ i finally found the right snack ♪ ♪
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welcome back to "early start," everyone. the nfl and former players
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agreed to a blockbuster settlement that may end the legal fight over head injuries. the league agreed to pay $765 million to retired players and their families. this is a big deal. andy joins us with more in the bleacher report. good morning, andy. >> good morning. this case could have went on for years. by settling it, the dark cloud goes away. the players with concussion injuries get the help they need. the nfl didn't have to take responsibili responsibility. it's a win for the nfl and owners. the retired players whether they are involved in the lawsuit or not are able to get help. $675 million goes to injury compensation. $75 million for medical exams, $10 million for medical research and more for litigation fees.
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it has to be approved by the u.s. district judge. heisman candidate sixth rank ld south carolina. the gamecocks wasting no time. a 65-yard touchdown less than two minutes into the game. gamecocks go on to win, 27-10. scc and vanderbilt open. a minute and a half to go. breaks loose for a 75-yard touchdown run. ole miss wins the shootout, 39-35. bleacher make their super bowl picks. will the patriots make it to the game? will tim tebow be on the roster? he had a decent night for the final preseason game. he was sacked four times. it's up to bill belichick.
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they must cut down their roster to 53 players by saturday. how did the chargers get ready for a game? a walk through wednesday on the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan." they got to show off their skills. a huge military following. it's great to see the chargers showing our military heroes love out there. it is funny, you can't go too long. >> you have to be precise. i love they did that for military heroes, honoring them. nothing more american than that. you have the military members, football and a beautiful, sunny day. >> you can't beat it. coming up, entertainment news for you. fergie has a new hit, not with the black eyed peas, with her husband. their first child. next.
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welcome back to "early start." it is 57 minutes after the hour. taking a look at the top trends. congratulations to josh and his wife fergie, the singer from the black eyed peas. their first son arrived weighing 7 pounds 10 ounces. he was delivered by cesarean. he's excited. congrats to them. from beginnings to endings, clint eastwood and his wife dena are separating after being
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married 17 years. dena eastwood confirmed the news saying they are still close but have been living apart for some time. he married the television news reporter back in 1996. morning time for new day. a lot of news to cover. take it away. >> thank you. take a look at your clock, everybody. almost the top of the hour. that means it's time for the top news. all right. good morning, everybody. welcome to "new day." tgif, friday, august 30th, 6:00 in the east. we are going to cover all the angels in syria. there are major developments. we are going to hear from members of congress briefed by the president some saying they didn't hear enough concrete plans. we are going to talk to a
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retired general and representative elliott engle, a part of the briefing last night. we'll give you the full picture. as we head into labor day weekend, millions of americans are ready to hit the roads. fears gas prices will be spiking. it's a major part of it. how high will prices go? >> speaking of the holiday weekend, we want to get you ready for this. we go inside the atlanta panda nursery. newborn panda twins are being cared for there. you may not be able to handle the cutens factor. we'll prepare you for it. another thing that may happen this weekend is a move on syria. let's get the latest on that situation. the administration is making a case to members of congress. they were doing it thursday. they say the evidence is clear. the assad regime carried out the deadly chemical attack on their own people. the white house may have to go it alone after a surprise decision by britain to sit out a
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military strike. the u.s. evidence could be made public today to balance it out. we are going to cover every angel of it beginning with dana top obama officials insisted to lawmakers on the thursday night conference call they have no doubt ba sar assad's regime in syria was behind deadly chemical attacks there. secretaries of state, defense and others backed that up by revealing to lawmakers that the u.s. intercepted communications from a high level syrian official, which clearly indicates they were responsible for these weapons, that according to congressman el yol engel who participated in the call. though obama insists no decisions have been made, cnn is also told they privately made
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